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Chemotherapy Costs

In this article, we have covered the following:

  • Understanding Chemotherapy
  • Factors that determine cost of chemotherapy
  • Cost of chemotherapy for Lung Cancer, Breast Cancer, Pancreatic, Gall Bladder, Liver Cancer, Head & Neck cancer, Ovarian cancer, Cervix cancer, Oesophagus cancer, Stomach Cancer & Colon Cancer
  • Side effects of chemotherapy
  • Best hospitals for chemotherapy (cancer treatment)
  • How to proceed- How we help!

Understanding Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is actually the different doses of various drugs given to cancer patients via pills, injections, or IV solutions to kill fast growing cancer cells and at the same time slowdown their growth in the body.

Chemotherapy can be given both before and after the cancer surgery depending upon individual’s medical case.

Determining Factors

The drugs, doses, and duration of chemotherapy depend upon type of cancer, stage of cancer, and the patient’s response to the therapy.

What are the side effects of chemotherapy Treatment?

Chemotherapy drugs cause both short-term and long-term side effects. The side effects vary with each patient as they depend upon:

  • Type of drugs and doses used based on type and stage of cancer
  • Your body type and age
  • Health condition before undergoing chemo
  • Other medical conditions

Cost of Chemotherapy

Every case of cancer is different, and so is its treatment. Nevertheless, it is still possible to make a general classification of cancers based on the organs impacted & the stages. In the following section, we have given a very general estimate of cost of chemotherapy for various types & stages of cancer. Please note, this is only for a first level reference. To get the actual cost of treatment, please fill the contact form & share your medical reports.

Chemo cost in Lung Cancer

400-600 $ per cycle. 5-6 cycles +  radiotherapy

Chemo cost in Breast Cancer

Stage I/II non metastatic disease-Surgery(Mastectomy/MRM) is the best treatment

In III/IV metastatic disease chemotherapy  -500-800 $ per cycle, minimum of three cycles, maximum of 6-8 cycles given. If targeted therapy is used, then chemo cost would be around 1200-1500 per cycle.

+ (followed by)

Surgery if lesion is operable

+ chemotherapy/radiotherapy(with weekly chemotherapy 200-400 US$ per week)

Chemo in Pancreatic, Gall bladder, Liver Cancer

400-500 US$ per cycle; 3-6 cycles

Chemo in Head & Neck Cancers

Stage I/II Non-Metastatic Disease: Surgery

Stage III/IV  Metastatic Disease   400-600 US$ per cycle, 3-6cycles (neoadjuvant chemotherapy)                                                  +
Surgery/Radiotherapy with weekly chemotherapy (200-400 USD weekly)

Chemo in Ovarian Cancer

STAGE I/II NON METASTATIC-SURGERY BEST OPTION

STAGE III/IV METASTATIC DISEASE -400-700 US$ PER CYCLE    3-6 CYCLES IN TOTAL

Chemo in Cervix Cancer

SURGERY IS FIRST LINE OF TREATMENT IN STAGE 1 & STAGE 2.

IN STAGE 3 OR STAGE 4 WEEKLY CHEMOTHERAPY(200-400 US$ per cycle  6-8 cycles) ALONG WITH RADIOTHERAPY IS GIVEN

Chemo in Oesophagus Cancer

STAGE I/II NON METASTATIC DISEASE-BEST OPTION

STAGE III/IV METASTATIC DISEASE-800-1200 $ PER CYCLE  TOTAL 6 CYCLES(NEOADJUVANT CHEMOTHERAPY)      +
SURGERY/  RADIOTHERAPY  WITH WEEKLY CHEMOTHERAPY(200-400US$ WEEKLY)

Chemo in Stomach Cancer

800-1000 $ PER CYCLE .MINIMUM OF 3 CYCLES.MAXIMUM OF 6 CYCLES  +  SURGERY

Chemo in Large Intestine (Colon) Cancer

IN CASE OF 1ST OR 2ND STAGE SURGERY  + WEEKLY CHEMOTHERAPY IS GIVEN ALONG WITH RADIOTHERAPY

STAGE III/IVGENERALLY 1000-1200 $ PER CYCLE.TOTAL OF 6 CYCLES, IF TARGETED THERAPY USED THEN CHEMOTHERAPY COST WILL BE APPROXIMATE 1200-1500 PER CYCLE
+

RADIOTHERAPY  WITH WEEKLY CHEMOTHERAPY(200-400US$ WEEKLY)

Common side effects of chemotherapy

  • Fatigue and body pain
  • Sleep disorder
  • Loss of hair
  • Mouth and throat sores
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Blood disorders affecting your RBC, WBC, platelet counts
  • Effect on nervous system may result in numbness, weakness in muscles etc.
  • Cognitive changes or chemo brain (memory lapses, loss of focus, trouble in multi-tasking etc.)
  • May affect fertility in cancer patients
  • Cause harm fetus, if pregnant
  • Reduced appetite which results in weight loss that leads to overall weakness

Can my chemo side effects be treated?

Fortunately, all the chemo side effects can now be treated, managed, and controlled. Most of the above side effects go away after the cancer treatment is completed while others can be treated and managed.

Your healthcare team takes complete care of side effects of chemotherapy throughout the treatment procedure. You should inform your oncologist, any change you experience in your body after chemo. There are drugs, diet, and lifestyle management techniques, which you would be recommended to follow to reduce the symptoms and control side effects.

Best Hospitals in India for Chemotherapy (cancer treatment)

HospitalCityHospital Page link
Medanta – The Medicity, Gurgaon Gurgaon, IndiaVisit hospital page, contact
Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon Gurgaon, IndiaVisit hospital page, contact
Apollo Hospital, Chennai Chennai, IndiaVisit hospital page, contact
Kokilaben Hospital, Mumbai Mumbai, IndiaVisit hospital page, contact
Artemis Hospital, GurgaonGurgaon, IndiaVisit hospital page, contact
Global Hospital ChennaiChennai, IndiaVisit hospital page, contact
Max Super Specialty Hospital, New Delhi New Delhi, IndiaVisit hospital page, contact
BLK Super Specialty Hospital, New Delhi New Delhi, IndiaVisit hospital page, contact
Fortis Escorts Heart Institute & Research CentreNew Delhi, IndiaVisit hospital page, contact
Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital, New Delhi New Delhi, IndiaVisit hospital page, contact
Fortis Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi, Mumbai Mumbai, IndiaVisit hospital page, contact
Jaypee Hospital, Noida Noida, IndiaVisit hospital page, contact
Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi New Delhi, IndiaVisit hospital page, contact
Fortis Hospital, Bangalore Bangalore, IndiaVisit hospital page, contact
Fortis Hospital, Mulund, MumbaiMumbai, IndiaVisit hospital page, contact
Max Hospital, Gurgaon Gurgaon, IndiaVisit hospital page, contact
Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai Mumbai, IndiaVisit hospital page, contact
Global Hospital, Mumbai Mumbai, IndiaVisit hospital page, contact
MaxCure Hospital, Hyderabad Hyderabad, IndiaVisit hospital page, contact
Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre (MSCC), Bangalore Bangalore, IndiaVisit hospital page, contact
Narayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences, Bangalore Bangalore, IndiaVisit hospital page, contact
Paras Hospital Gurgaon, IndiaVisit hospital page, contact
S. L. Raheja Hospital, Mumbai Mumbai, IndiaVisit hospital page, contact
SIMS Hospital, Chennai Chennai, IndiaVisit hospital page, contact
Sri Ramakrishna Hospital, Coimbatore Coimbatore, IndiaVisit hospital page, contact
Wockhardt Hospitals, Mumbai Mumbai, IndiaVisit hospital page, contact

Note (for foreign patients):

Besides South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka), every year, India gets thousands of medical tourists from African countries- Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Ghana, Somalia,Gambia etc and Middle Eastern countries like Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE, Yemen etc. Hence, if you are a citizen of any of these countries, there is good likelihood that you will be meeting some fellow citizens or same language speakers in the major hospitals in India. Almost all the top hospitals have translators for people of these region. Our patient support team is also well placed to assist you.

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